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Grieving mother tells of lessons learned after hospital pay-out

Grieving mother tells of lessons learned after hospital pay-out
“ It is important that people fight on behalf of their loved ones because sadly they cannot fight for themselves, and it’s important to try and prevent it happening to anyone else. ”

The mother of a Grimsby man who died as a result of errors in his treatment for a perforated appendix has told of her “difficult emotional journey” after agreeing a settlement with NHS bosses.

June Cuthbert said she can now start grieving for her son Garfield, but she urged others not to shy away from taking legal action in similar circumstances, and to support each other through the painful process.

Mrs Cuthbert said: “It is important that people fight on behalf of their loved ones because sadly they cannot fight for themselves, and it’s important to try and prevent it happening to anyone else.”

“Garfield’s loss has created a void in our family that cannot ever be filled. In our grief we have felt varying degrees of anger, sadness and a lack of understanding over Garfield’s death. However, we have stuck together as a family throughout any legal proceedings and in trying to gain answers to the many questions we had.”

Mr Cuthbert, who lived at Tennyson House, Grimsby, was 35 when he was admitted to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, in September 2011 with a perforated appendix. A delay in diagnosis led to a delay in surgical treatment. Mr Cuthbert was left suffering in hospital for four days, and by the time an operation did eventually take place he didn’t survive. At an inquest which took place at Cleethorpes Town Hall in March 2012, North East Lincolnshire Coroner Paul Kelly recorded that Mr Cuthbert died as a result of complications directly arising from the late diagnosis of a perforated appendix.

The hearing received evidence that an “inappropriate” antibiotic was prescribed and that nursing staff failed to notify anyone of their escalating concerns beyond trying to contact a doctor who was not responding.

There was evidence of “deficiencies” in communications between nursing and medical staff and disregard for a reassessment plan put in place when Mr Cuthbert was admitted. An “inadequate” clinical assessment was made by the admitting medical team, and no abdominal examination was carried out for a whole day. Mr Cuthbert, who was the guardian of his 17-year-old nephew, died four days after being admitted to the hospital.

Mr Cuthbert’s family has now been awarded £37,500 in compensation for the negligence after his mother engaged Bridge McFarland solicitors to pursue the claim.

Danielle Barney, Partner at Bridge McFarland Solicitors, said: “Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability, but financial claims were limited because Mr Cuthbert was a single man. More importantly for the Cuthbert family however, was the explanation they received about the circumstances of Garfield’s death and the lessons learned as a result. I hope that they can move forward more positively with their lives.”

Mrs Cuthbert urges families in a similar situation to persevere, ask questions and make sure patients are not forgotten. She added that her own persistence has been rewarded as lessons have been learned after Garfield’s death.

Mrs Cuthbert said: “Medical care should always be about the patient but there are pressures in the hospital system which often prevent this. In my son’s case and no doubt in many other cases, the patient is forgotten.

“I thought my son was in the right place, receiving the right treatment and I accepted that. Unfortunately for him he wasn’t receiving the attention he needed. I urge people not to be afraid to enquire about their medical care and want to remind them that sometimes patients can be forgotten if they don’t speak up.

“Although nothing will ever bring Garfield back, I do feel that the hospital have learned lessons from his death and that mistakes were identified that have led to positive action being taken by the hospital to help prevent such mistakes from occurring again. It leaves me feeling that Garfield’s death and my quest for answers and justice haven’t been in vain.”